Questions about the extension of the certificate requirement

Since 20 September 2021 there is a certificate requirement for all activities that take place within the framework of the university, regardless of the number of participants.

No. In addition to the certificate requirement, the University is maintaining the mask requirement until further notice.

The pandemic is not over yet. People are dying of COVID every day, and it is by no means just elderly people or those with pre-existing conditions. In addition, our medical infrastructure, nurses, and doctors are overburdened. The longer the pandemic lasts, the longer we are all affected, have to be quarantined, or are restricted. The University wants to fulfill the obligation it has to employees, students, and also society and help to find a way out of this situation as quickly as possible. Today, there are protective measures such as vaccination or tests, and we want to use them as widely as possible.  In terms of university operations, it is also a matter of creating a certain normality for the benefit of students. After all, the overall quality of teaching is higher in person than in purely online options.

The University is not violating any rights. We respect fundamental rights as a matter of course and therefore offer digital alternatives for people who do not have a certificate.

The certificate requirement does not mean that the attendance requirement is omitted for students without a certificate. For events with mandatory attendance (e.g. seminars or tutorials) students have to hold a certificate, i.e. unvaccinated persons have to be tested. In order to avoid problems for non-vaccinated persons, the university offers the possibility of testing at three locations since the end of the free offer of the federal government. If a student is a person at risk, he/she must clarify this according to the information sheet (in German).

Compliance with the certificate requirement is controlled by means of random checks. The random checks are carried out by authorized and trained personnel of VüCH AG. VüCH AG is a member of the Association of Swiss Security Service Companies. Their employees are very experienced, easily recognizable due to their uniforms and have been prepared for their assignment at the university. They carry out random checks of two to five percent of the university's employees (students and staff) per day. Supervisors and lecturers are relieved from carrying out checks thanks to this cooperation, however they are also authorized to do so.

Checking the Uni-Certificate is very simple. You can scan the QR code of the Uni certificate directly with the camera of your smartphone without an external app. The certificate will be loaded and displayed as in the example below. Important: The Uni-certificates cannot be read with the Confederation's Covid-Check app, as they have no validity outside the University.

Yes, more information can be found in the Q&A testing and vaccinations.

No, it is a so-called "UniBE certificate" and is only valid within the University. It is marked accordingly. However, other official certificates are also valid at the University.

Switzerland recognizes all certificates from the EU/ Schengen area that are issued according to the specifications of the "EU Digital COVID Certificate". For certificates from other countries, recognition may be possible.

No. Until further notice, masks are compulsory in all interior spaces of the university.

From 20 December 2021, an obligation to work from home applies to the whole of Switzerland. If working from home is not possible, the presence at the workplace must be arranged in consultation with the superior. Wearing masks at the workplace is mandatory except if no one else is in the same room.

You may do so within the framework of a protection concept. The decision is up to the superior.

The University of Bern relies, in principle, on the statements and personal responsibility of the participants. However, random checks will be carried out. 

No, but the person in question must leave the room, and must also be prepared for disciplinary or legal consequences.

No, this is already standard for many events and employers.

From 20 December 2021, an obligation to work from home applies to the whole of Switzerland. If working from home is not possible, the presence at the workplace must be arranged in consultation with the superior.

From 20 December 2021, an obligation to work from home applies to the whole of Switzerland. If working from home is not possible, the presence at the workplace must be arranged in consultation with the superior.  Wearing masks at the workplace is mandatory except if no one else is in the same room. Meetings, discussions, etc. should be held virtually wherever reasonable or possible. They can only be conducted in person if all participants have a certificate, wear masks and maintain the distance of 1.50 meters.

These employees must wear masks during work and keep a distance of 1.50 meters.

For them, compliance with hygiene measures, social distancing and wearing masks is required.

The rules for the office apply to all premises of the University.

Yes, and additionally masks must be worn. Wearing masks at the workplace can only be dispensed if no one else is in the same room.

In principle, no. But it is possible to get tested for free.

Yes.

In principle, yes. For everyday discussions between supervisors and employees as well as for employee meetings (MAG), the rules for the office apply: The general obligation to wear a mask applies throughout the room. A distance of at least 1.50 meters must be maintained.

Yes, on the premises of the university and if they are not independent organizations, and part of the university.

Yes, the COVID Check App from the Federal Government.